Tom Fletcher

Fraser Health registered nurse Ramn Manan draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. records 49 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, 35 more Friday

Active cases down to 729, hospitalization drops below 100

Fraser Health registered nurse Ramn Manan draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Helicopter carries water bucket in B.C. Wildfire Service response. (Phil McLachlan/Penticton Western News)

B.C. saw 70 new wildfires Thursday, more lightning starts expected today

As many as 70 more expected across dry B.C. Interior, Okanagan

Helicopter carries water bucket in B.C. Wildfire Service response. (Phil McLachlan/Penticton Western News)
Agriculture depends on irrigation in many parts of B.C., and licences are required for using groundwater sources such as wells for agricultural or industrial use. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. farms, industry risk losing water rights as licence deadline nears

Non-domestic groundwater claims must be filed by March 2022

Agriculture depends on irrigation in many parts of B.C., and licences are required for using groundwater sources such as wells for agricultural or industrial use. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. ambulance paramedics have been faced with record call volumes from a combination of COVID-19, drug overdoses and most recently heat-related distress of seniors. (The Canadian Press)

B.C. sees 44 cases of COVID-19 Wednesday as pandemic orders wind down

More than 77 per cent of residents 12 and over vaccinated

B.C. ambulance paramedics have been faced with record call volumes from a combination of COVID-19, drug overdoses and most recently heat-related distress of seniors. (The Canadian Press)
Temperatures in Victoria reached 40 degrees on Monday, with records broken all across the province this week. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

Heat wave help for communities stretching B.C. emergency resources

Restrict 9-1-1 calls to emergencies, public safety minister says

Temperatures in Victoria reached 40 degrees on Monday, with records broken all across the province this week. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
Barrier protects checkout clerk at a grocery store in North Vancouver, March 22, 2020. (The Canadian Press)

B.C. businesses may still require masks as COVID-19 order lifts

Masks recommended for 70% of public not yet fully vaccinated

Barrier protects checkout clerk at a grocery store in North Vancouver, March 22, 2020. (The Canadian Press)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix give a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic at the B.C. legislature, April 21, 2020. (B.C. government)

B.C. drops in-person COVID-19 briefings as cases slow to trickle

Masks not mandatory as of Canada Day, 78% of adults vaccinated

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix give a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic at the B.C. legislature, April 21, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C. Premier John Horgan announces the province’s four-step COVID-19 reopening plan, June 14, 2021. (B.C. government)

B.C. drops COVID-19 mask order, recommended until full vaccination

B.C. sees only 29 new cases Tuesday, seven in Fraser Health

B.C. Premier John Horgan announces the province’s four-step COVID-19 reopening plan, June 14, 2021. (B.C. government)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says B.C. has reached a level of immunity where COVID-19 mask rules can be eased for those who have been vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. rules for masks, barriers to ease with COVID-19 vaccination

Coronavirus precautions won’t be gone immediately on July 1

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says B.C. has reached a level of immunity where COVID-19 mask rules can be eased for those who have been vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Daily COVID-19 cases in B.C. by age group, seven-day moving average to June 24, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

B.C.’s COVID-19 cases drying up in summer heat, only 38 Monday

Now below 1,000 active infections province-wide

Daily COVID-19 cases in B.C. by age group, seven-day moving average to June 24, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
Long-standing promise: former B.C. municipal affairs minister Selina Robinson shows 1979 front page where then-minister Bill Vander Zalm promises to cut red tape from housing approval process, at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention Vancouver, Sept. 25, 2019. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

B.C. municipalities get incentives to speed up housing approvals

Rezoning slow, costly and ‘amplifies the voices of the few’

Long-standing promise: former B.C. municipal affairs minister Selina Robinson shows 1979 front page where then-minister Bill Vander Zalm promises to cut red tape from housing approval process, at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention Vancouver, Sept. 25, 2019. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
Recreational travel is picking up in B.C., with the COVID-19 advisory against inter-provincial travel expected to lift on July 1. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

7 days straight with fewer than 100 new B.C. COVID-19 cases

72 new infections Friday, hospitalizations decline

Recreational travel is picking up in B.C., with the COVID-19 advisory against inter-provincial travel expected to lift on July 1. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Wildfire Service firefighter works on perimeter of a fire, July 2019. (B.C. government)

Canada Day kicks off summer, and high risk for B.C. wildfire season

Pent-up demand for recreational travel meets hot weather

B.C. Wildfire Service firefighter works on perimeter of a fire, July 2019. (B.C. government)
Douglas fir in Saanich, B.C., classified as old growth for a coastal tree at 250 years old or more. (B.C. government)

B.C. appoints expert panel on further old-growth forest preservation

More deferral areas coming this summer, forests minister says

Douglas fir in Saanich, B.C., classified as old growth for a coastal tree at 250 years old or more. (B.C. government)
Nisga’a Museum in the B.C. Northwest is among the Indigenous tourism projects funded for improvements by the province’s COVID-19 recovery fund. (Nisga’a Lisims Government photo)

B.C. COVID-19 recovery fund aids 60 Indigenous tourism projects

Landmarks, galleries, resorts, trails aim to build reconciliation

Nisga’a Museum in the B.C. Northwest is among the Indigenous tourism projects funded for improvements by the province’s COVID-19 recovery fund. (Nisga’a Lisims Government photo)
COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Richmond, B.C., one of the targeted communities to increase immunization protetion to the provincial average in recent weeks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. sees 87 more COVID-19 cases, none in Northern Health

Two new outbreaks in Metro Vancouver senior care facilities

COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Richmond, B.C., one of the targeted communities to increase immunization protetion to the provincial average in recent weeks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Economist Mariana Mazzucato gives a TED talk on her approach to rethinking capitalism. (marianamazzucato.com)

B.C. hires UK economist to help ‘save capitalism from itself’

Next step after $500M ‘people-planet-profits’ investment fund

Economist Mariana Mazzucato gives a TED talk on her approach to rethinking capitalism. (marianamazzucato.com)
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry update the province’s COVID-19 vaccine program, May 10, 2021. (B.C. government)

B.C. reaches 1 million people fully vaccinated, 56 new cases Tuesday

Smaller, at-risk communities receiving targeted clinics

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry update the province’s COVID-19 vaccine program, May 10, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson with Premier John Horgan after the budget speech Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C. home owner grant won’t be altered, despite expert advice

Tax break for residences worth up to $1.6 million too popular

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson with Premier John Horgan after the budget speech Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Val Litwin is the latest candidate to declare his bid for the B.C. Liberal leadership. (Litwin campaign video)

Political newcomer joins contest for B.C. Liberal leadership

Val Litwin a former B.C. Chamber of Commerce CEO

Val Litwin is the latest candidate to declare his bid for the B.C. Liberal leadership. (Litwin campaign video)